10 pioneering women in sustainability that you should know on Women's Day
We commemorate Women's Day by inviting you to learn about the work of 10 women who have worked hard to achieve a more just and environmentally responsible world.
At a historical moment in which the fight for sustainability becomes increasingly urgent, it is essential to know and recognize the crucial role that women have played in the protection and conservation of our planet.
That is why today, on this very special day, we want to honor ten extraordinary women whose contributions in the fight for sustainability are worthy of admiration and recognition. From protecting wildlife to fighting climate change and promoting social justice, these women have left an indelible mark on the world and in the fight for a more sustainable future.
- Wangari Maathai – Kenyan political and environmental activist who received the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work protecting forests and promoting democracy in Kenya. Wangari was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an organization that has planted more than 50 million trees in Africa and promotes sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation.
- Rachel Carson : American marine biologist and writer, she is known for her book "Silent Spring", which became a best-seller in 1962. In her work, Rachel warns about the dangers of pesticides and the negative effects they have on the fauna and flora, which led to the banning of DDT in the United States and other countries.
- Vandana Shiva – Indian activist and scientist, is one of the leaders of the anti-globalization movement and an advocate of sustainable agriculture. She is the founder of Navdanya, an organization that promotes biodiversity, seed protection and the fight against corporate globalization.
- Jane Goodall – British primatologist and anthropologist, she is known for her study of chimpanzees in Tanzania. Through her work, Jane has raised awareness for the conservation and protection of primates and their natural habitats. She has also founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which works to protect animals and promote sustainability.
- Greta Thunberg – Swedish activist and leader of the youth climate movement. Greta has become a leading figure in the fight against climate change. At the age of 15, he started a school climate strike and has since inspired millions of people to take action against the climate crisis.
- Marina Silva : Born in Brazil, she is a prominent activist and politician who has dedicated much of her life to defending the Amazon. She is known for leading campaigns against deforestation and the exploitation of natural resources in Brazil. She has also been Minister of the Environment in her country and has received several international awards for her work in favor of the environment.
- Winona LaDuke - American activist, member of the Ojibwe tribe, has dedicated much of her life to the fight for the rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of the environment. She is a co-founder of the organization Honor the Earth, which works to stop the construction of oil pipelines and other projects that threaten the health of the planet.
- Severn Cullis-Suzuki – Canadian activist, known for her speech at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where she spoke about the need for urgent action to protect the environment and the future of the planet. Since then, he has continued to work actively in promoting sustainability and the fight against climate change, especially through his organization The Skyfish Project.
- Sylvia Earle – American oceanographer, has dedicated her life to ocean research and conservation. She has been the first woman to lead an underwater expedition and has founded the Mission Blue organization to promote the protection of the world's seas and oceans.
- Isatou Ceesay : Isatou Ceesay is a Gambian activist who has fought against plastic pollution in her country. She founded the Women's Initiative Gambia organization to promote women's education and empowerment. In addition, she founded the "One Plastic Bag" initiative, which helps women recycle plastic bags into reusable products such as tote bags and mats.
These women are just a few of the many who have worked tirelessly to create a more sustainable and just future for everyone. Each of them has left their mark in the fight against climate change, the conservation of nature, the protection of human rights and the promotion of social justice. Through their dedication and work, they have shown us that we can all contribute to making the world a better place.
On this Women's Day, let us remember and honor these women and all others who fight for a more sustainable and equitable future.
Women's Day we consider that it is every day of the year, however, since March 8 has been established as a special date for its celebration, let's not miss the opportunity to celebrate it with greater emphasis and serve as a reminder, to those who silence or ignore the great work and work of the female figure in society, culture, science, innovation, politics and environmental activism.